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This is the first in a series of stories

bringing light to the dark side of the

VA’s treatment of some Veterans

applying for disability.  Whether out

of frustration, desperation, anger, or

‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice. 

These are actual cases and claims. 

I have changed names and identifying information for confidentiality reasons.

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From the Desk of Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney


VA’s modernization of the claims process continues

This came to my attention yesterday along with some comments about this

‘Modernization” from various from well-respected veterans advocates around the country:
“Why does this bring me more concern than comfort…”
“Isn’t anyone concerned that VA will lose data on old “closed cases”

by digitizing he old claims before someone re-opens the claims?”

So VA is apparently removing some 310,000 inactive

C-files for conversion to digital format. 

Kind of strikes me that creates 310,000 opportunities for error to occur… 



Jim:  Another sad but true email--this one was waiting for me this morning. 

I think it speaks volumes about the actual VA experience for many.
/s/ Drew

Hi  Drew: You may not remember me but (redacted name of another veterans attorney) had

given me your name and we had spoken last year about applying for VA widow’s

benefits for my Mom.  I just wanted to thank you for the information.  Unfortunately by the

time they processed everything and finally approved her case and deposited the

first check this February, she had just passed away. However, I wanted to tell you that

we really appreciated your input - that VA site and the process is a hard thing to navigate.
With regards, XXXXXXXX



OK, take a look at this latest Proposed rule by VA.  It would have VA acquisition regulations

mirror those of the Federal acquisition regulations (or in layman’s terms—follow the same

rules that the rest of the Federal government follows for procurement actions). 

On its face it makes sense, right?  But why isn’t that already the case?  Shouldn’t

VA already be following the same procedures as the rest of the

government in terms of contracting and purchasing?  Looks like

there was some unnecessary duplication of effort, perhaps, in the past.

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Veterans and the painkiller problem


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Another reason you can't get your Vicodin refilled

Here at the VAWatchdog we receive a lot of questions

and comments from the veteran patients across America

who have suddenly had their narcotic prescriptions cut off.

We've alerted you to the fact that this isn't the VA cutting

you off, it's the DEA. There's a reason for the cutback

on narcotics...people are dying.

We'll keep you informed as this develops. Know that your

prescription for narcotics will end soon. Deal with it.

Doctors group issues recommendations on opioid epidemic

An influential group of doctors demanded a top-to-bottom change in the way

the U.S. handles addiction. Over 22 million Americans need

treatment for drugs or alcohol, but just 18 percent are getting it.

A deadly epidemic: Addiction to opioids has put an entire generation at risk
The grisly trend – fatalities from drug overdoses in Maine reached an all-time high

in 2016 – only seems to be getting worse, prompting one caregiver to lament:

‘Where is the outrage?’ This 10-part examination lays out the ramifications

of the crisis, mining answers from the human toll by telling the stories of those we’ve lost.

Americans use far more opioids than anyone else in the world

The number of opioid prescriptions has decreased in the past few years, after

more than a decade of explosive growth. This reflects new practice guidelines

underscoring opioids’ generally poor effectiveness at reducing chronic pain,

increased monitoring of prescribers by government and health-care

organizations, and widespread horror within and without

medicine over the epidemic of opioid-related deaths.

Legalized Marijuana Could Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic, Study Finds

In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted

influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users,

a new study shows. Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse

dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted

for medicinal purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for

opioid overdoses dropped 13 percent on average.